2017–2018 Adult Education Programming Below are classes or discussions scheduled for this year. Some are free while others require a nominal fee. Reserve your seat by registering via this form. Your name* First Last Your email* Best number to reach you byAre you a Beth Torah member?*YesNoAddressRequired for non-members Street Address Address Line 2 City AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces Pacific State ZIP Code Jewish SpiritualityJewish Spirituality (interested in attending)The Mystical Tradition and How it Speaks to our Everyday Lives FreeLed by Rabbi Zelony*Select Sundays, 8AM, Room 207Come explore essays of the Chassidic masters and modern scholars to understand what Judaism has to say about God, inner transformation, spiritual practice, compassion, healing, tshuva, halacha and mitzvot. (*Follows Congregational Learning Center Sundays). Intro To JudaismIntro To JudaismSelect Mondays Cost $180 Locations will vary throughout the run of the class, October through May. Led by Rabbi Kushnick, Rabbi Roffman, and Rabbi Zelony, this cooperative-effort class between Congregation Beth Torah, Shearith Israel, and Anshai Torah is designed for you to learn basics of Jewish theology, holidays, liturgy, Israel, life cycle and history. Nosh & Knowledge: Stories of Women in TorahWomen in Torah (member)Women in Torah (non-member)January 22 & 29; February 5 & 12 10:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room)$18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Beri SchwitzerUsing collections from the Jewish Women’s Archive, this course brings Biblical women to life, demonstrating the power of these often under-studied stories, and highlighting the ways in which they can help us navigate our own complicated lives. Learn about Eve’s role as the first mother, and consider what her story might teach us about going through a difficult experience without sufficient support. Was Lilith a demoness or heroine? Study her long and varied history, and consider how her story reflects changing perspectives on powerful women. Nosh & Knowledge: Judaism and the Labor MovementJudaism/Labor (member)Judaism/Labor (non-member)February 26; March 5, 19, 2610:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room) $18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Beri SchwitzerThese six classes weave stories of immigration and collective action together with traditional Jewish texts to create a rich investigation of Jewish involvement in the American Labor Movement. Identify the connections between human needs, work, and community, examine real-life examples of how to create social change, and look closely at contemporary labor issues through a Jewish lens. Nosh & Knowledge: Living the LegacyLiving the Legacy (member))Living the Legacy (non-member)A course in Jewish Social JusticeApril 2, 9, 16, 23, 3010:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room) $18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Beri SchwitzerExplore identity and activism highlighting the stories of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Investigate the motivations and experiences of American Jewish activists, experiment with models for civil disobedience and community organizing, and unpack the complex relationship between Jews, African Americans, and social justice activism. Learn to be a GabbaiGabbai Training (would be interested in this class)Led by Chuck Smith. Open to CBT members only.Learn to Lead Friday Night ServicesFriday Night Training (would be interested in this class)Led by Elizabeth Stein. Prior knowledge of services needed. Open to CBT members only.Learn to Lead ShacaritShacarit Training (would be interested in this class)Led by Arny Felner. Open to CBT members only.Learn to Read & Act Out Megillah ReadingMegillah Training (will be attending)Select Sundays from November through February11:00 AM to Noon (Rabbi's Office) Led by Rabbi Zelony A dastardly villain, a wise sage, a foolish king and a brave queen...who wouldn't want to learn how to chant the most dynamic Jewish book of all time? This course will teach the trope as well as include text study of the material to deepen our understanding of the Purim story. Students will be encouraged and coached to read a portion from the megillah this year. Familiarity with a trope system is a pre–requisite to the course. Open to CBT members only. Faiths in ConversationFaiths in Con (interested in attending)Select dates7:00 PM at various locations FreeLed by Rabbi Schlesinger This panel discussion is a cross-cultural exchange, facilitating a wonderful atmosphere of learning, inspiration, and respect. For locations and topics, visit Faiths in Conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/faithsinconversation. Rabbinic RevolutionsRabbinic Revolutions (interested in attending)Select Sundays7:30 PM (Sanctuary) FreeLed by Rabbi Schlesinger The rabbinic Judaism that we practice today draws its lifeblood from our ancient Torah and yet, at the same time, is very different from what the Torah describes. The rabbis of yore understood themselves to be called upon to actively interpret and reinterpret the Torah and, in doing so, they often radically altered its meaning. They brought moral and humanistic values to bear on the legal text and, thus, bequeathed us the foundations of the Judaism that we know today. Taught by Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, this class will cover a different example of rabbinic revolution every week, among them: The Wayward Son, The Deviant Wife, Eye for an Eye, A Woman’s Place, The Condemned City, The Meaning of Shavuot (the holiday), The Destruction of the Seven Canaanite Nations, and Animal Sacrifice.Jewish & Christian StudyJ&C Study (interested in attending)Meets on a Monday once a monthNoon (Oneg Room) FreeA unique interfaith study group of Jews and Christians who meet once a month. We are learning about each other as we study primary source texts (Bible, Mishnah) together. Modern Hebrew with Ruthie PreckerMemberNon-MemberSundays10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Library) $50 Members$100 Non-Members New Hebrew class begins January 21st! Ever wanted to speak Modern Hebrew? 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